Mary Jane Toner1

F, #137, b. 12 December 1817, d. 11 October 1900
FatherThomas Toner1
MotherNancy Magennis1
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of Timothy George Sheens
ChartsAncestors of Timothy George Sheens (DNA trail)
Ancestors of Timothy George Sheens (paper trail)
Last Edited27 Mar 2022
Name Variation Mary Wilson2 
Baptism*12 December 1817 Armagh, Armagh, Ireland;
Mary Jane Toner
Parents Thomas Toner & Nancy Magennis
Roman Catholic
Sponsors James McKeon & Catherine Campbell1 
Article*27 March 1835 Ireland;

Transported for seven years. - Margaret Falloon and Mary Wilson, for theft3 
Gaol*10 July 1835 Kilmainham Prison, Dublin, Ireland;
No.: 327
Name: Mary Wilson
Age: 23
No. of Times Committed:
Crimes as stated in the Committal: Commit from the Co Armagh
When Committed: 10 July 1835
By whom Committed: Sir Wm Gassen
If Tried, when, and before whom:
Verdict and Sentence or other Order:
When Discharged: 13 Aug 1835
By whom Discharged: Embarked for Cork

Transportation*25 February 1836 "Roslin Castle", Sydney, NSW;
List of Female Convicts on the Ship Roslin Castle (4) William Richards, Master, John Edwards, Surgeon Superintendent, arrived from Ireland, 25th February 1836

Standing No. of Convict: 126-36
Indent No.: 13
Name: Mary Wilson
Age: 18
Education (Reads, Writes): None
Religion: Rom. Cath.
Single, Married or Widowed: Single
Children (Male, Female):
Native Place: County Armagh
Trade or Calling: Nurse maid
Offence: House robbery
Tried Where: Armagh
Tried When: Spring Assizes 17 March 1835
Sentence: 7 Years
Former Conviction: None
Height (Feet In.): 5 4 1/2
Complexion: Ruddy & freckled
Colour of Hair: Brown
Colour of Eyes: Grey
Particular Marks or Scars, Remarks: Nail of forefinger of right hand split.
Certificate of Freedom: 44/12566 
Permission to Marry*13 March 1840 NSW;
Date: Mar 13 1840
Name: Clarke William
Age: 24
Ship: Mary Ann
Sentence: 7
Con: TL
Princl Supdt of Convicts Report: Stated Bachelor

Name: Mary Wilson
Age: 22
Ship: Roslyn Castle
Sentence: 7
Con: B
Princl Supdt of Convicts Report: Stated Spinster

Clergyman & Residnece: Meares, Wollongong
Date of Permission;Principal=William Clarke7 
Married Name24 April 1840 Clarke8 
Marriage*24 April 1840 Wollongong, NSW;
William Clark of the Parish of Dapto and
Mary Wilson of the Parish of Dapto were
married in this School house by Banns with the consent of the Governor
this Twenty fourth day of April in the year 1840
By me M D Meares
This marriage was solemnized between us
William Clark
The mark of Mary Wilson
In the Presence of
Robert Haworth of Wollongong
The mark of Anna Wiffin of Dapto;Groom=William Clarke9 
Birth of Daughter28 June 1841 Dapto, NSW;Principal=Rebecca Clark10 
Birth of Son26 April 1843 Mount Stromboli, Dapto, NSW;Principal=Edwin Clarke11 
Cert. of Freedom*27 August 1844 NSW;

No.: 44/1256
Date: 27 August 1844
Prisoner’s No.: 36/126
Name: Mary Wilson
Ship: Roslin Castle 4
Master: Richards
Year: 1836
Native Place: County Armagh
Trade or Calling: Servant
Tried Where: Armagh
Tried When: Spring Assizes 1835
Sentence: Seven yrs
Year of Birth: 1818
Height: 5 feet 5 1/2 inches
Complexion: Fair & freckled & little pock pitted
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Grey
General Remarks: Nail of forefinger of right hand split A back of middle & N back of forefinger of same
Wife of William Clarke per Ship Mary Anne 4 free by servitude12 
Birth of Daughter15 May 1845 Liverpool, NSW;Principal=Mary Ann Clarke13 
Birth of Daughter10 June 1848 NSW;Principal=Jane Clarke14 
Birth of Daughter11 August 1851 Blakney Creek, NSW;Principal=Honorah Clarke15 
Birth of Daughter17 May 1853 Blakney Creek, NSW;Principal=Alice Clarke16 
Death of Spouse27 January 1877 Demondrille, NSW;
Name: William Clark
Date of Death: 27 Jan 1877
Place: Demondrille, District of Murrumburrah NSW
Occupation: Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 55
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: London
Time in Aust Colonies: 40 years in NSW

Father: Not Stated
Occupation: Not Stated
Mother: Not Stated

Place of Marriage: Dapto
Age at Marriage: 18
Name of Spouse: Mary Wilson
Children of Marriage: 1 male, 5 females, all living
Informant: Edwin Clark, son of deceased, Demondrille

Cause of Death: Inflammation of the membranes of the brain
Length of Illness: 12 days
Medical Attendant: Dr Archdall
Date Last Seen: 25th January

Date of Burial: 29th January
Place of Burial: Murrumburrah
Minister & Religion:
Undertaker: Thomas M Knox
Witnesses: Edwin Clark, William Gordon

Registered: 6 Feb 1877 - Murrumburrah;Principal=William Clarke17 
Death of Daughter3 February 1885 Demondrill, NSW;
Name: Mary Ann Shea
Date of death: 3 Feb 1885
Place: Demondrill, District of Murrumburrah NSW
Occupation: Housekeeper
Sex: Female
Age: 39
Place of Birth: Liverpool NSW
Father: William Clark
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Mary Jane Touch
Place of Marriage: Murrumburrah
Name of Spouse: Michael Shea
Children of Marriage: 4 females all living, 1 male deceased
Cause of Death: Childbirth
Length of Illness: 5 days
Medical Attendant: Dr Allen
Date last seen: 1 Feb 1885
Date of Burial: 5 Feb 1885
Place of Burial: Murrumburrah
Undertaker: John Stewart
Witnesses: John Shea, Patrick Kennedy;Principal=Mary Ann Clarke18 
Death of Son25 August 1893 Demondrille, NSW;
Name: Edwin Clarke
Date of Death: 25 Aug 1893
Place of Death: Demondrill (sic), District of Murrumburrah NSW
Occupation: Farmer
Sex: Male
Age: 50
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Wollongong NSW
Time in Aust Colonies:

Father: William Clarke
Occupation: Farmer
Mother: Mary Toner

Place of Marriage: Goulburn
Age at Marriage: 26
Name of Spouse: Alice Sullivan
Children of Marriage: 3 males, 4 females living; 2 males, 1 female dead
Informant: Alice Clarke, widow, Demondrill (sic)

Cause of Death: Heart Disease
Length of Illness: 14 days
Medical Attendant: Dr Parry
Date last seen: 25 Aug 1893

Date of Burial: 27 Aug 1893
Place of Burial: Murrumburrah
Minister & Religion:
Undertaker: Geo W Usher
Witnesses: Patrick McRae, C J Dillon;Principal=Edwin Clarke19 
Death*11 October 1900 Demondrille, NSW;
Name: Mary Jane Clarke
Date of Death: 11 Oct 1900
Place: Demondrille, District of Murrumburrah NSW
Ocupation: Widow
Sex: Female
Age: 78
Conjugal Status:
Place of Birth: Armagh Ireland
Time in Aust Colonies: 60 years in NSW

Father: Not Known
Occuppation: Not Known
Mother: Not Known

Place of Marriage: Wollongong NSW
Age at Marriage: 17 (Altered from 20)
Name of Spouse: William Clarke
Children of Marriage: Rebecca 59, Jane 51, Honorah 49, Alice 47, living; 1 male, 1 female deceased
Informant: James Clarke, son-in-law, Demondrille

Cause of Death: Morbus Cordis; Bronchitis & Influenza
Length of Illness: 3 weeks
Medical Attendant: Henry Dalton
Date Last Seen: 11 Oct 1900

Date of Burial: 13 Oct 1900
Place of Burial: Roman Catholic Cemetery Murrumburrah NSW
Minister & Religion: Rev J O'Reilly, Roman Catholic
Undertaker: John R Sewell
Witnesses: R T Aiken, J Bourke

Registered: 16 Oct 1900 - Murrumburrah20,21 
Probate*9 November 1900 NSW;
Mary Jane Clark
21541 Clark, Mary Jane late of Demondrille Widow
This is the last Will and Testament of me Mary Jane Clarke of Demondrille near Murrumburrah in the Colony of New South Wales Widow I appoint James Edwin Gordon and James Lyons both of Demondrille aforesaid Farmers to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Alice Clark and my granddaughter Alice Shea as tenants in common All that piece or parcel of land situate at Murrumburrah Parish of Murrumboola County of Harden containing about Two roods and being part of allotment eight section two Next I give devise and bequeath unto my said daughter Alice Clark one moiety or half of my selections being Conditional Purchase numbers 73.485, 73.486, 73.531 and 75.265 taken up at Young and I give devise and bequeath the balance or the other moiety of my said Selections to my Trustees their heirs executors administrators and assigns In trust for my daughter Norah Clark wife of James Clark for her life and from and after her decease in trust for the children of the said Norah Clark who shall then be living as tenants in common But I direct my said Trustees if my said daughter Norah Clark shall direct them in writing so to do to lease her portion of the said Selections for any term or terms not exceeding five years and to pay to her the rent derived from such leasing or if she shall direct them as above to sell the same and pay the proceeds of such sale into the Government Savings Bank and pay the interest derived from such investment to her for life and from and immediately after her death to divide the same equally between her said children paying the share or shares of such child or children who shall have arrived at the age of twenty one years to them at once and to pay the balance into the Government savings bank and use the proceeds towards the maintenance and education of her said infant children but as each one arrives at the age of twenty one years to draw his or her share and pay it to him or her I give devise and bequeath the whole of the residue of my real and personal estate of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate unto my said Trustees in trust as soon as convenient after my decease to sell and convert the same into money and pay all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses and divide the balance (if any) equally between my said daughters Alice and Norah Clarke And I direct that in case of any child of my said daughter Norah Clark dying before arriving at the age of twenty one years without lawful issue and unmarried his or her or their share or shares shall be equally divided amongst the survivors of her said children dying before my said daughter Norah Clark and having lawful issue I direct that the share of each child so dying shall go to and be equally divided the children of such child I appoint my said Trustees and Executors or the survivor of them guardians or guardian of the said infant children of my said daughter Norah Clarke for the purposes of this my Will I revoke all former Wills and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty seventh day of May in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety six
Mary Jane Clark (her mark)
Signed “by affixing her mark” by the said Mary Jane Clark the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament “the contents thereof having been read over and explained to her and she appeared to fully understand the same” in the presence of us present at the same time who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses James Gordon G. E. N. Peak Murrumburrah
9 November 1900 By Act of Court Probate of the last Will and Testament of the said deceased granted to James Lyons of Demondrille Farmer and James Edwin Gordon of same place Farmer the Executors in Will named
Testatrix died at Demondrille 11 October 1900
Estate sworn under £397 Net22 
Headstone* Murrumburrah Cemetery, Murrumburrah, NSW;
Erected by Miss Alice Clarke
of Demondrille
In Loving Memory of
her beloved father
William Clarke
native of England
who died 27th January 1877 aged 55 years
Also of her dear Mother
Mary Jane Clarke
native Armagh Ireland
who died 11th October 1900 aged 77 years
Sweet Jesus have Mercy on their Souls Amen;Principal=William Clarke23 


William Clarke b. 1816, d. 27 Jan 1877


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  2. [S99] State Records of NSW Convict Bound Indents, Mary Wilson.
  3. [S167] 19th Century British Library Newspapers, online, Belfast News-Letter, Friday, March 27, 1835.
  4. [S335] Findmypast Ireland, online, Kilmainham Prison General Register 1835-1837.
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  9. [S55] Microfilm Marriage, Early Church of England, 1788-1855 "V1840449 24B/1840 William Clark & Mary Wilson."
  10. [S110] NSW Birth Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), V18411601 25A/1841 Rebecca Clark.
  11. [S86] Microfilm Baptism, St Michael's Wollongong, 1838-1856 "V18431227 27A/1843 Edwin Clarke."
  12. [S101] State Records of NSW Convict Certificates of Freedom.
  13. [S56] Microfilm Baptism, Early Church of England, 1788-1855 "V18461046 32A/1846 Mary Anne Clarke."
  14. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18481950 70/1848 Jane Clarke.
  15. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18512153 37A/1851 Norah Clarke.
  16. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18531953 70/1853 Alice Clarke.
  17. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 9863/1877 William Clark.
  18. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 15304/1885 Mary Ann Shea.
  19. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 9705/1893 Edwin Clarke.
  20. [S69] The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc, Monumental Inscriptions and Burials Harden Shire.
  21. [S107] NSW Death Transcript (Marilyn Rowan), 13414/1900 Mary J Clarke.
  22. [S377] NSW Will Books, 1800-1952, online, Mary Jane Clarke 1900.
  23. [S151] Monumental inscription Harden-Murrumburra Cemetery (Cemetery Road Murrumburrah).
  24. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18411601 25A/1841 Rebecca Clark.
  25. [S13] NSW Birth Index, V18431227 27A/1843 Edwin Clarke.